Apples, pumpkins and more! ‘Tis the most wonderful time for some warm, savory goodness. Mouth watering yet? It will be soon. It’s the time of year when some of the best fruits and veggies are in season, including the beloved apple and pumpkin. But there’s plenty more! These bakeries and orchards are going to satisfy your sweet tooth and your stomach. There’s some hearty dinner pies in there too!
Hill High Country Store | Round Hill If 37 different pie varieties doesn’t catch your eye, maybe this will! Hill High Country Store has been around for more than 60 and prides itself on using the freshest locally grown ingredients from the Loudoun County area. Get a taste of the season’s flavors, with more than five apple pie varieties, as well as their award-winning pumpkin pie. It’s so good you’re going to want to eat it straight out of the pan!
Proper Pie Co. | Richmond Keeping it proper! Proper Pie Company brings New Zealand-style pies to Richmond, offering specialty savory pies like steak & cheese, vegan mushroom & lentil, smoked salmon, potato & leak, and more. After your finished with the savory move on to the sweet and try out their pumpkin & salted caramel pie. Or how about blueberry-apple or peach & blackberry cobbler? Their menu changes daily, but the deliciousness remains the same! Several vegan options are available, as well as ice cream to top off your sweet selection.
Pie Gourmet | Vienna Fruit pies, cream pies, dessert pies, oh my! And that’s not all. Pie Gourmet has a selection of more than 50 custom dessert pies, 13 dinner pies, 10 cheesecakes, gluten-free pies and MORE! This local bakery serves up some of the best pies in Virginia, where not only do the locals swoon, travelers from all over the world have made stops to pick up some delicious goodness. The Washington Post hailed it as “a gem among local bakeries.” Seasonal pies are always available. How about their apple pie options? Apple-cranberry, apple-raspberry, French apple, apple-peach and just plain (and just as delicious!) apple! Or how about traditional pumpkin pie, chocolate cream or peach melba?! If you’re not hungry yet, guess what? They have some dinner pies too! Broccoli-cauliflower, crab & mushroom, Mexican and more… heavenly.
Red Truck Bakery & Market | Warrenton One of “America’s 50 Best Bakeries” — Daily Meal. “Best Bakery, Best Locally-owned Coffee House, Best Breakfast Place and Best Place for Sandwiches” in ALL of Northern Virginia.– Virginia Living magazine. It’s one of the “30 Places to Eat in Virginia Before You Die.” Must I go on? To no surprise, Red Truck Bakery & Market serves up phenomenal, fresh, seasonal pies. This time of year, indulge in a double-crust or Dutch crumb topping apple pie. Or there’s always pecan, lemon chess and Derby pies with pecans, chocolate chips and bourbon. Red truck’s mincemeat pie, their one-man crusade to resurrect the maligned pie was featured in Esquire magazine; they deemed it “mission accomplished!” And one more thing, a little publication called Conde Nast Traveler magazine named it as one of “America’s 13 Sweetest Bakery Destinations.” Come n’get it!
Mom’s Apple Pie | Leesburg & Occoquan Mom’s Apple Pie Co. prides itself on their dedication to baking the very best natural, preservative-free pies. The boys hand peel fresh Shenandoah Valley apples and hand mix their premium fruits. But that’s not all! As you’re devouring your pie, take note of their made-from-scratch, flaky, and oh so tasty crust. Try these on for size: the original apple pie (never gets old!), butter pecan apple crumb, pumpkin, raspberry-peach, almond amaretto pies and more! They also offer sweet potato and mincemeat pies that are to die for! This family-owned and operated gem is one you can’t miss!
Carter Mountain Orchard | Charlottesville Pick-your-own seasonal fruits and veggies at Carter Mountain Orchard, then head inside for some great recipe inspirations! The orchard offers more than 30 apple recipes, as well as peach, strawberry and sweet cherry. Swing by Aunt Sarah’s Barkery & Mountain Grill for their own freshly made, mouth-watering apple pies. Piled high with their own fruits, the pies are available by the whole, half or slice. The orchard is open through the end of December, so make sure you get in to stock up for the holidays!
Marker-Miller Orchard | Winchester Make a day of it and head to the country for Marker-Miller Orchard. Pack a lunch and head out to the apple orchards and do some apple pickin’. They have plenty of picnic tables throughout the orchard, so feel free to take a break and eat up! Then retire to the main building and relax on the front porch in one of their rocking chairs, and take in the beautiful mountain scenery. Swing by the bakery and grab one of their made-from-scratch, homemade pies. The caramel-apple-walnut sounds pretty good, huh? And there’s also apple dumpling, pecan and nearly 20 other selections, including three sugar-free options. Gotta fill up before you head home! And with your fresh-picked fruit you’ll be able to whip up some fresh-baked goodness yourself!
Now get out there and stock up!
Orchards to pick your own in-season fruits & veggies:
- Drumheller’s Orchards | Lovingston
- Fitzgerald’s Orchard | Tyro
- Saunders Brothers Orchard & Farm Market | Piney River
- Crooked Run Orchard | Purcellville
- Mowery Orchard | Woodstock
- Pick-your-own apple orchards
- More local orchards for fall picking
More bakeries to get your fresh pie fix:
- Little Apple Pastry Shop | Aldie
- Main Street Bakery & Catering | Luray
- Yummaries | Smithfield
- Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery | Winchester
- County Seat | Powhatan
- Virginia’s bakeries
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